Shilin Official Residence flower festival features over 1,600 roses

The Rose Festival is the most representative floral show of Shilin Residence

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Shilin Residence Rose Festival kicked off on Thursday, showcasing more than 1,600 roses in a wide range of colors. The annual festival will run until April 6, featuring 90 different types of roses.

The Rose Festival at the Shilin residence and the Yangmingshan Calla Lily Festival -- which starts on Friday -- are among the biggest flower festivals held in Taipei in spring.

Also on display are works by Nobuo Sugino, a Japanese master in the art of flower pressing, and local flower artists, who use pressed roses in their work, the office said.

The Rose Festival is the most representative floral show of Shilin Residence as rose is the most favored flower of Madam Chiang. The rose garden of Shilin Residence was first established in 1970 with an area of 3,315 square meters, and later expanded to 4,220 square meters.

The European style rose garden has more than 5,000 roses of more than 200 kinds that blossom around March till May each year, while the most noted rose species are Cape Cod, Livin Easy, Chi Dan Hong Xin, Souvenir de la Malmaison, and Molineux.

The residence was opened to the public in 1996 and the rose festival is held annually since 2006 as the rose garden is the most representative horticulture of the residence.